WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Swinging along with what we reported yesterday (see below), the international box office cume on Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home is $150.4M through Tuesday. A great portion of that comes from China where the Jon Watts-directed sequel launched last weekend. But play in newcomer markets is also robust as the rollout continues this week and is poised to surpass industry projections for overseas. Including domestic, $500M+ worldwide through Sunday looks assured.
In offshore play, the UK grossed $3.4M on a non-traditional Tuesday opening and landed 70% higher than Spider-Man: Homecoming (which debuted on a Wednesday) and 78% bigger than Doctor Strange (which also was a Tuesday start).
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Korea, which was considered a potential swing market ahead of the bow, is leaning into Spidey. After debuting at No.1 on Tuesday, it is still dominating in early Wednesday estimates at $3.6M for an $8.9M running cume. This is the biggest first two-day total for a standalone superhero movie, and in those two days FFH is running 38% over Homecoming and 55% above Captain Marvel.
Not included in the through-Tuesday cume above is China’s $8.5M Wednesday estimate which brings the local total to $128.4M. The next weekend, with little in the way of competition, will help to decide FFH’s ultimate number, and hopes are that it will spin above $200M. Next Monday begins a vacation period in the Middle Kingdom.
South East Asia opening markets are still coming in with their numbers, which are so far looking like 40% above Homecoming, and we will continue to update through the week/weekend.
PREVIOUS, TUESDAY: Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home is continuing its rollout at the international box office this week after bowing to $111 million in its early three-day China, Japan and Hong Kong opening. With Tuesday’s estimates out of the Middle Kingdom, the Tom Holland-starrer has now surpassed the lifetime of Spider-Man: Homecoming in the market. The total there is $120M.
China‘s Monday was $12.4M with today’s estimate at $9.6M. FFH is currently running 24% ahead of Captain Marvel in the market; the stand-alone MCU pic acted as the other side of the bookend of Avengers: Endgame. The Middle Kingdom weekend play for Spider-Man was powerful, with the No. 4 all-time superhero bow and Sony’s second best debut ever. Social scores are strong and the coming weekend sees little in the way of competition with local movie The Eight Hundred off the release schedule. FFH is looking at a final above $190M there.
Elsewhere, Korea started previews Monday night and with Tuesday’s full-day estimates included is now at $5.2M in the No. 1 position. This is the fourth best superhero debut day ever, behind Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War and Sony’s Venom. The current tracking has it 40% over Homecoming in the market and 52% over Captain Marvel.
Australia opened Monday, snaring $2M, and has a running cume of $3.55M. Despite the non-traditional Monday bow, it is Sony Pictures’ biggest launch day there ever.
Along with the Korea start today, the UK also opened and we will have figures tomorrow. There were no UK previews. Other markets going today include Denmark and Singapore. France launches tomorrow (Wednesday) with all markets spinning into the web through Friday (save Italy, which goes July 10).
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